Jaigarh Fort Jaipur Entry Fee
- 35 per person for Indians
- 85 per person for Foreign Tourists
- 50 for Still Camera
- 200 for Video Camera
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Jaigarh Fort Jaipur Address: Above Amber Fort, Devisinghpura, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan, 302001, India
When the ruins of history come alive…
A fort with bespoke architecture, Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur, is a mark of semblance of the great Rajput rulers. Literally meaning the ‘Victory Fort’, it was built to protect Amer Fort and its huge palace complex from enemies of the state.
History of Jaigarh Fort
When history speaks…
Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur was built by the ruling King Jai Singh II in the year 1726. With an expansive layout overlooking Amer Fort, the fort boasted of exuberance and royalty. It was built to be a defensive structure, than a palace itself, by the king. The highlight of the fort is the connecting underground pathway between Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort to help people reach safety, in case of an attack.
The fort provides an excellent view of the Aravalli Range and Maota lake, and is actually built atop the Hill of Eagles, also known as Cheel ka Teela.
#Trivia: It is structurally and architecturally quite similar to Amer Fort.
It served as the residence of many kings and was also used to store weapons, artillery and ammunition of the Rajput rulers along with other military utilities.
It was said to be the main cannon foundry for the Mughal rulers. The cannon outpost was protected during the many consecutive wars that broke out in the Mughal dynasty in 1658, until the protector Dara Shikoh was beaten in battle and slain by his own brother Aurangzeb.
During the reign of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, Jaigarh Fort came to be known as the world’s most efficient cannon foundry. It was mainly given this title because of the presence of massive iron ore mines located along the vicinity of the fort. The wind tunnel of the cannon foundry is said to suck in the hot air from outside and help in melting metal to build the cannons, with temperatures inside soaring as high as 2400 °F.
With the help of precision gear systems driven by four pairs of oxen, the device was used to hollow out the cannon barrels. The Rajputs became famous for their development of this device.
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Architecture of Jaigarh Fort
Walls that come alive…
Jaigarh Fort was named after Raja Jai Singh II and was designed, conceptualized and intricately executed with perfection by the then architectural maestro, Vidyadhar. It was built to depict the rich culture and heritage of the city, which is visible even today. The enormous structure is a true reflection of a glorious era of kings and queens, bedecked with their royal attire and magnificence.
The fort is built with typical red sandstone that is the predominant material used in all, or most, Rajput and Mughal forts. Complete with thick walls and beautiful carvings, the entirety of the fort talks about the different phases of evolution that it has seen and still stands strong today.
This remarkable structure houses few of the most exquisite architectural gems such as Aram Mandir, Lalit Mandir, Laxmi Vilas and Vilas Mandir. The other two ancient temples Ram Harihar built in the 10th century and Kal Bhairav temple built in the 12th century, add to the attraction of the fort.
This magnificent fort is spread over 3 kilometres in length and a kilometre in width.
#Trivia: It houses the world’s biggest cannon on wheels known as ‘Jaivana’.
It is bounded by massive battlements and is known to be the strongest of the three forts in Jaipur. It never faced much resistance from the enemies and is famously known as the ‘Victory Fort’ because it was never conquered by anyone.
The fort, along with its multifarious attractions, still stand strong today and are a delight to a history buff, looking to explore the various chronicles of Rajput history.
Other Features of the Jaigarh Fort
The palatial complex houses a beautifully tended square Persian-style garden that is rich in greenery and is surrounded by the thick red sandstone walls. One can take a walk in the garden by walking down the embankments surrounding the garden area.
#Trivia: Jaigarh fort is said to be impregnable because of its thick walls.
Visitors can see the carefully latticed windows covering the galleries and rooms, while a central watch tower overlooks the complete landscape surrounding it. Travellers can enter the Aram Mandir via the Awani Darwaza, a triple-arched entrance that boasts of intricate designs and figurines. It is also a great place to get a superb view of the Sagar Lake located close-by.
#Trivia: Scenes from the Kangana Ranaut movie Manikarnika and Parineeta Chopra starrer Shudh Desi Romance, are few of the movies shot at the Jaigarh fort.
Another interesting fact is that you can get a mesmeric look of the exteriors from inside but nothing can be seen from outside.
Things to do in Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur
Let the charm captivate you…
Jaivana Cannon: Jaigarh Fort is home to the largest Cannon on Wheels, also known as the ‘Jaivana Cannon’. It was beautifully assembled during the reign of Sawai Jai Singh II. It was manufactured in 1720 and still stands strong within the fort premises.
The Jaivana was made during the reign of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II (1699–1743) at a foundry in Jaigarh. The barrel itself is 20.19 foot (6.15 m) in length and weighs 50 tonnes. It has a diameter of 11 inches (280 mm).
The barrel has embellishments carved on it which depict an elephant scroll, trees, and a pair of ducks or birds. It is perched on wheels and has the machinery of two back wheels mounted on roller pin bearings, to turn it 360° and fire in any direction. An aluminium-shed was erected to defend the cannon against weather extremities. The cannon had a range of around 10 kilometres and used 50 kilograms (110 lb) balls.
The northern portion of the complex houses the famous Aram Mandir and the Charbagh Garden built in gorgeous Persian-style.
#Trivia: It was rumoured that there was treasure buried under the water tanks of the fort that was later discovered by the Rajasthan government in the ‘70’s. The truth behind this is still quite speculative.
Museum: The Fort houses a gorgeous museum depicting the lifestyle and period of Jaigarh fort. With stamps of the Royalty of Jaipur, along with other precious artefacts and photographs, puppets and other war utilities, it is said to give you a sneak-peak into the lives of the royals.
The museum also houses a spittoon belonging to the 15th century and a circular pack of cards. One can see a hand-drawn blueprint or image of the fort and the palace within the museum premises.
Armoury: The armoury chamber here has a wide display of shields, swords, guns, time bombs, camel-mounted guns, muskets and also a 50 kilograms (110 lb) cannonball. This place is called Vijay Garh.
#Trivia: The cannon was said to be test fired in the year 1720 by Maharaja Jai Singh II and was said to have landed 37 kilometres away at a place called ‘Chaksu’, creating a crater for a lake. The cannoneer was believed to have died before he could attempt to jump into the lake next to the cannon.
Pictures on display are old photographs of Jaipur's Maharajas namely, Major General Man Singh II and Sawai Bhawani Singh, who served in the Indian Army as senior officers. It also has a gorgeous treasure lock with five keys in it.
The armoury also stores a lot of other weapons and military utility that is said to be a part of the Rajput and Mughal wars in the 18th century.
Other structures: The palace is said to house other notable architectural delights called Diwan-i-Aam, Khilbat Niwas, the highest point of the fort ‘Diya Burj’ and Shubhat Niwas.
#Trivia: The Rajputs and Mughals are said to have solved their water crisis by appropriate rainwater harvesting techniques with proper water channels and underground tanks to supply water throughout the year.
Places to Visit near Jaigarh Fort
1. Amer Fort
Jaigarh fort is said to house multiple secret passages to help lead the rulers to safety, in case of any attack. It could easily lead the rulers to Amer Fort without being detected by enemies.
Amer fort, by itself, is an architectural masterpiece that is famous for its multiple courtyards, huge entrances, swarming murals on the walls and intricate stained glass mirrors with lattice windows. The ‘Sheesh Mahal’ is a striking feature of this Fort. It is located around 500 metres from Jaigarh Fort.
A beautiful Elephant farm located around 2 kms from Amer and Jaigarh Fort, this is a place where tourists can actually pet elephants and hangout with God’s majestic creatures. You can also enjoy riding them, feeding them and playing with them. Get close and personal with Elephants at this village.
For people who want to explore the sacred and religious sites, Ma Shila Devi Temple is the family temple of the Royal Family of Jaipur. It is said to be the ‘Kuldevi’ of the family and is worshipped every day. It was established by Maharaja Man Singh in the 16th century and is adorned with intricate craftsmanship. It is located within the Amber/Amer Fort premises and is located around 700 metres from Jaigarh Fort.
A beautiful stepwell built in the 17th century, this stepwell is one of the most fascinating aspects of the Rajput and Mughal Era. A great way of conserving water, the magical stairway that leads down to the actual Kund will mesmerize you. The architecture is simple yet quaint and depicts the futuristic thought process of rulers. It is located approximately a kilometre from the fort.
How to reach Jaigarh Fort
Jaigarh Fort is located around 11 kms from Jaipur city. The best way to reach Jaigarh Fort is by bus or a private cab. You can also reach the fort by RSTC (Rajasthan State Transport Corporation) buses that run from major bus stops like Vidhyadhar Nagar, Vaishali Nagar and Sanganer. The nearest bus stop for Jaigarh fort is Amer Fort and you can check the route numbers at the bus stop, in case you decide to take a bus.
You can also try going by an auto-rickshaw or local taxis. It is advisable to travel comfortably from far off places, to Jaigarh Fort, in order to avoid getting tired before reaching your destination.
There are plenty of Jaipur tourist and sightseeing buses that depart from different locations across the city. Travellers can hop on to any of these buses, with prior booking, and take a look at the gorgeous sights of Jaipur.
Whole day packages are ideal for tourists looking at exploring differ1ent places throughout the city. Get special seasonal discounts by connecting with Holidays DNA or booking them online.
Besides this, travellers can easily travel to Jaipur by road, air or rail. Being a capital city, it is well-connected by different means of transportation from almost all parts of the country.
For a hassle trip to the city, you can also book a private cab from top car rental companies in Jaipur and embark on a beautiful journey, exploring the various famous sightseeing places of Jaipur in the comfort of a private cab.
Best time to visit Jaigarh Fort
October to March are ideal months to visit Jaigarh Fort and other part of Jaipur city. These months are relatively cooler and you can enjoy walking around the palaces and forts easily. It is less stressful and tiring as compared to the blistering hot summer months from April to September.
The Fort is open from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm daily. It is advisable to enter the fort at least 3 hours in advance to peacefully have a look and click photographs.
Entry fee for Indians- Rs. 35 per person.
Entry fee for foreigners- Rs. 85 per person.
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Places to eat in and around Jaigarh Fort
Jaipur is known for its gastronomic delights and Jaigarh Fort also poses some local and traditional cuisine for travellers to explore.
1. The Stag Resto-bar and lounge: Located approximately a kilometre from Jaigarh fort, this place offers tourists from all places a scrumptious meal to feast on. A beautiful view overlooking the Jaigarh and Amer Forts is definitely captivates the travellers photographic senses.
You can enjoy a casual or light meal to get you ready for the road.
2. Kokum Bistro: It is located approximately a kilometre from Jaigarh Fort and stands opposite Haathi bus stand. The bistro is a good place to simply chill with friends or enjoy a cool sip of drink and some light snacks.
Being a family-run bistro, it pays special attention to every guest and offers a warm and comfortable ambience.
3. 1135 AD: Located in Amer Palace, visitors can regale on some delectable cuisine straight from the Royal family of Jaipur. Every dish boasts of excellence that is visible through its lengthy preparation and presentation. It is around 700 metres from Jaigarh Fort.
It is slightly on the steeper side with the pricing but the flavours are said to be absolutely delightful. The restaurant is divided into different parts – Shahi Angan, Swarna Mahal, and Diwan-e-khaas. From hosting a private party to enjoying a lovely feeling of royalty, dine at this beautiful restaurant during your visit to Jaigarh Fort.
If you are interested in trying out some street food, you can visit the different stalls that are lined up in front of the fort that offer traditional food items such as Kachori and aloo, Jalebi, Samosa, etc.
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